Monday, 23 June 2014

While you were sleeping

Each time I watch my children sleep is a moment of calm. It allows me to capture special elements of time to take it all in. 

I love to admire their soft skin, beautiful hair, perfect lips and breathe in their lovely smell. Even though I still do these things, It got me thinking... It's amazing at how time effects the way we look at our children sleeping...
In those newborn weeks, where a lot of sleeping goes on - we tend to look at our babies sleeping with a snippet of hope that they will enjoy their sweet slumber before the next nursing session, nappy change etc. But I feel as time goes on and they get into a regular bedtime, it gives you time to step back and embrace it all, thinking about the day you've had, moments that have happened (good & bad) and how we've overcome the difficult times, trying to piece together the facts that make up the speed of which your child is growing. You gaze at them in amazement just trying to work out just how they are growing so rapidly, even more so for your older children. It's amazing at how watching them sleep brings a huge rush of emotions, bittersweet feelings that they still look like your sleeping newborn when in actual fact, they are blossoming into the inquisitive little beings that they are. 

It allows us time to simply sit, watch and only imagine what our children must be dreaming of. As there is something very important that we must remember for our children. That everything, I mean everything is new to them. So doesn't that just make you think what they've absorbed in and are dreaming about right now? They must do some serious dreaming, learning & definitely growing whilst asleep. It makes me wonder that's for sure. 

I want my children to go to bed each night with nothing but sweet dreams, innocent and loving thoughts. So if we have experienced a tough day, or little moments of madness, I always want to reconnect with my children before bedtime. whether its lots of snuggles, kisses or story time. Its a way to interact with them, listen to their thought, worries and wonderful little conversations. and more importantly shower each other with lots of "i love you's" and also "I love you lots and lots like Jelly tops" 
To see the world through a child's eyes once more would be an amazing gift don't you think?. 
We should embrace and preserve each night our children go to bed into their sweet slumbers, and to just remember that they're not this small forever, never going to be this innocent forever. Make the most of it. And when you're feeling like you've had a tough day, and you are trying to do too much, thinking about complex issues. 

 Go and watch your babies peacefully sleeping, knowing they are loved, cared for, forever and always. 
In my experience, this feels like the best medicine. 

One of my favourite sayings is this wise gem...

"Life is what happens to you whilst you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon.

And so it is....

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Phoenix - 20 weeks old

My sweet boy turned 20 weeks old yesterday. I just can't believe how fast this time is going, you're definitely no longer a newborn. No more of the hourly curling up on our chests, the first time smiles and coos, teeny clothes etc.

What we do have now is saying hello to loud shouting giggles, raspberry blowing, cute 'bigger boy' clothing, the loving grasps when reaching out for mama or dada, trying to talk, rolling, wanting to sit, and loving the jumperoo! Literally tigger bounce!

His eyes are such a bright blue, his lashes are long and his cheeks are just ed.ib.le. With one dimple appearing on one side, handsome chap.

Our breastfeeding journey is at the blissful stage, you are a guzzle bear! You love the comfort from mum as milk, and you gaze up and me and love to stroke my skin. Our bond is blossoming each minute of every single day and you make me so happy little fella.

His expressions are priceless <3


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Fathers Day to my amazing Dad.

Over the years my Dad never ceases to amaze me. His outlook on life is something I find interesting & remarkable. He's opinionated, influential, head strong, independent, intelligent, loving, & much stronger than he thinks. He means more to me than he will ever know. He's always been my safe place, the one who I can talk to with ease without feeling judged. 

Strawberry picking July 1991

He's the one who I use to call after when I was sick in the toilet, knowing he was there by my side I knew i'd be safe, The feeling I had in my tummy at friends sleepovers was such an ache, I missed the presence of my Dad even though I was only a few doors down the road, I needed to know he was there. The times he would pick my brother & I up from my Mums house and I use to plead that it was my turn to stay at his - and of course he couldn't resist! We've seen some tragic, tough and heart wrenching times over the years and he just makes it seem as if its all going to be ok, and I trust him with that. One year was a particularly tough time for our family, and My Dad was my rock, he was there for me every step of the way and I couldn't possibly find enough words to thank him for that. He really is one in a million. 

March 1994

Sometimes I feel he underestimates himself, he doesn't value himself the way he should. One of the most admirable things about my Dad is that he has the "travel bug", he travels alone all over the world something I find brave, interesting to hear about and just completely awesome. 

One of my proudest moments was when I made the phone call to announce to my Dad that he had a baby grand-daughter, his first Grandchild. He has such a special bond with all three of his Grandchildren, and it really does make my heart feel so full. They absolutely adore their Grampy.

My Dad picks me up when i'm feeling down cracking lame jokes, or we'll have a chat about the old F.r.i.e.n.d.s episodes, the Hollyoaks garbage we both watch and so on. When I find that i'm doubting myself and my abilities in any aspect of my life, he's always finding a way to make me see sense. 

He sometimes asks me where I get my maternal instinct from. My answer is him. He's shown me that loving your child unconditionally is the best thing you can offer, and I carry that with me. I hope i've made you proud in life so far, It's an honour to call you my Dad, I feel very fortunate to have you in my life, and even more fortunate that my children hold you very close to their hearts too. 

Happy Fathers Day,

All my love,

Noobs x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Happy boy - 19 weeks old

He makes my heart melt.


{Siblings} June 2014

Where is the time going? Half way through the year already! I'm having a reflective day today, just looking back over the past few months and I can't believe how fast my three little gems are growing.

Phoenix is almost 5 months old now, and he is really interacting with his big sisters, I just love to watch how he looks at them, stares at their antics, loves to smooch them & bursts into fits of laughter when they play 'peek-a-boo". 

The girls are so close too, Their sister bond is blossoming each day.

Here's my siblings in Iphone pics


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A fathers unconditional love

I love the way my girls adore their Daddy.

I love the way they talk about him whilst he's at work, explaining how much they look forward to seeing him, wrestling him as soon as he steps through the front door.

I love how fearless they are when giving "oushes" to him whilst they do the wrestling fun.

I love the way their Daddy has the funniest conversations with them, and tells them about each day at work, shows them photos of any interesting things he's seen, or animals for them to gaze at. usually because the girls say every morning with out fail "Daddy, Don't fa take (forget to take) any photos"

I love how Y-M Is so passionate about her Daddy keeping his beloved beard. (she actually cried when he shaved it off a few months back!)

I love how they call him "Daddy Pig"

I love the way skin to skin was the first thing their Daddy asked for once each of them were born.

I love the way they do their infectious laughing when they play the tickle game.

I love the way their Daddy gives them his unconditional love & affection.

I love the way little P gazes at his Daddy & bursts into a huge grin from ear to ear then lets out a squeal.

I love the way they feel secure, nurtured & safe when they're snuggled in their Daddy's big strong arms.

I love it when they ask Daddy to throw them up to the sky so they can touch the clouds (Ym says, the clouds that Albert now lives on)

A fathers love is something so special, I have grown up with unconditional love from my Dad, My Dad is my hero, He was always the one to make me feel safe, loved & happy. I am so happy that my children have such an amazing Daddy, the one who makes them feel those exact three things. safe, loved & happy. Their Hero.

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